Research has revealed that 52% of all fabric on Earth—from underwear to yoga pants—is made of synthetic (plastic) fibres. And the trend is towards more synthetic fabric, not less, which means more shedding of microfibres into the environment, more plastic in fish and more plastic in us.
In sectors such as sportswear, which requires frequent washing, plastic synthetic fibres are already the dominant fibre.
We've also learned that the best estimate for how many of these plastic microfibres are currently in the oceans is about 1.4 million trillion. In fact, microfibres are the single largest (by count) contributor to plastic pollution in our waters, because of their size and availability to living things, they’re a really big deal.
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